New Reeves Center space‘needs to be gutted’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
Michael Sessa, president of the D.C. LGBTCommunity Center, said the center knew the city’sdecision in December to allow it to rent space in adesirable city building at 14th and U Streets, N.W.came with an “as is” provision.Under the provision, the center is responsible forpaying the full cost of any renovation work needed toget the ﬁrst ﬂoor, storefront space ready for the centerand its mostly volunteer staff to move into the ReevesCenter, an eight-story ofﬁce and retail building.But Sessa told the Blade that the extent of therenovation work needed is far greater than initiallyexpected and would cost as much as $75,000.“We had an inspection and found that a ratproblem has been so bad that the entire place needsto be gutted,” he said.“We have to have a demolition team come in andrip the ﬂoor up and rip down everything in the ceilingand the walls because the rats were living there forhow many years — leaving rotted ﬂoors, urine andfeces — the whole deal,” according to Sessa.The discovery of the need for more renovation workcame shortly after ofﬁcials with the city’s Department
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Bergoglio strongly opposed hiscountry’s marriage equality law
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
The College of Cardinals on Wednesdayelected Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Bergoglioas the Catholic Church’s next pope.He took the name Francis I. His election tookplace less than two days after the papal conclaveto choose Pope Benedict XVI’s successor began.The white smoke that symbolizes Bergoglio’selection rose from a chimney on top of theSistine Chapel shortly after 7 p.m. in Rome afterthe cardinals chose him on the ﬁfth ballot.Benedict on Feb. 11 became the ﬁrst pope toresign since 1415.Bergoglio, 76, who became a cardinal in2001, strongly opposed Argentina’s same-sexmarriage law that President Cristina Fernándezsigned in 2010.
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